Nicks Happy Valley
Valdez-Cordova County, Alaska
Uploaded by Bivy Team


03 :20 hrs
2.5 mi
3123 ft
Backcountry Skiing

Begin your ascent from a pullout on the side of Richardson Highway near mile marker 30 above Thompson Pass. Move across Ptarmigan Creek (crossing the creek can be challenging during early and late season) and head south under the treeline towards Happy Valley. Once making it into the valley, make your ascent along the east side up to 5200’ where the ridge will begin to crest and you will begin to see Python Peak to the east. Beginners should start their descent from here unless accompanied by an advanced skier to assist in navigating the glacier. Advanced skiers often choose to ascend onto and above the glacier before making their descent from various starting points.

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